Calm to very light NE breeze. Sunshine for most of the day
|Brent coming in to Half Moon Bay rocks|
|They headed for the rocks with gut weed|
I spent just over an hour either side of high tide at Throbshaw this morning. The Shag arrived and hung around for a little more than 5 minutes close in front of the rocks (I saw 3 dives), then flew off towards Sunny Slopes. The phone photo is timed at 10.23. Sorry it’s so poor, but the others are no better. A pair of merganser drifted past and into the Bay at around 9.30. Otherwise very quiet
|Although Tim's shot does not show the Shag very clearly,|
it does provide a clear view of the location, this is the very
northern tip of Throbshaw Point
I had a walk past just after Tim's sighting and located (another?) Shag much further south near the rocks on the north side of Half Moon Bay at 09:45, again it didn't stay long, but I missed which way it flew off. It may have been the same bird, having returned from Sunny Slopes. Anyway, there is another opportunity around tomorrow's high water (10:45), but you may need to be patient, but also keep an eye on the whole stretch from Half Moon Bay to Throbshaw Point, not easy with just one pair of eyes. Any records tomorrow will be interesting, even if you check and see nothing (MD)
14:26. 1 was resting on Conger Rock with a Cormorant, the Shag is always the lower bird.
14:30. 1 fishing west of the skear, conger rock now deserted.
Other stuff from the skear
Great Crested Grebe 6 - these are four of them, although two quickly disappear
Little Egret 5
Dunlin 35+ there was this small group of 35 plus several individuals. One of the two birds at the end of this clip has a metal ring.